The first ETICS system was manufactured in Berlin in 1957. Also countries like Austria and Switzerland ETICS have been used since the early 1960s and have performed extremely well. But not all European countries can share this positive long-term experience because they resently started to install ETICS.
The German Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics controls the life cycle of insulated facades regularly. They regularly monitor the aging effects of a wide variety of projects and precisely document their findings.The last study and latest reports emphasize that even after more than 40 years all the inspected facades show no signs of failure. Thus, the life-cycle of External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems appears to be much longer than expected. If the system is installed carefully, and as long as inspection and service are taken seriously, the life-time expectation is equal to non-insulated brickwork with render systems. Moreover, as the outside render of an ETIC system is separated from the brickwork thanks to the insulation, the risk of cracks is even smaller.